Boomkat Product Review:
Reissue of Mick Harvey, Rowland S. Howard, and co’s 1990 alt.rock classic, produced by and starring Chrislo Haas (CHBB, Liaisons Dangereuses, DAF) and recorded at Conny Plank’s gaff.
‘Paradise Discotheque’ was the fifth and final studio album by Aussie/Euro rock supergroup Crime & The City Solution before they went on extended hiatus until 2013’s ‘American Twilight’. Helmed by Simon Bonney, and notably featuring Bad Seed Mick Harvey, it more remarkably includes input by Alexander Hacke and Chrislo Haas, two pioneers of post-industrial dance musick, here adapting their hand to rock songcraft less than a decade after laying the groundwork for EBM/industrial techno with P1/E, Einstürzende Neubauten, CHBB, DAF and Liaisons Dangereuses, respectively.
Put to tape at Conny Plank’s crucible of krautrock, the results feel like a last gasp of that ‘50s-into-‘80s rock ’n roll thing that loomed over the pivotal decade, factored by the band’s own brand of dusty Aussie blues and a driving motorik quality that formed a certain sort of swan song for the band and that decade’s rock energies between the folk-rock jangle and swagger of ‘I Have The Gun’, and the U2-like ’The Dolphins and the Sharks’, to its stranger highpoints such as the exotic swirl of ‘The Sun and the Darkness’, to their take on traditional spiritual ‘Motherless Child’, uncannily coming off like Mondays.